Adelson Testifies in Netanyahu Corruption Probe, Report Says

According to public broadcaster, tycoon's testimony marks the final questioning in multiple probes involving prime minister

File photo: Sheldon Adelson speaks during a keynote presentation session at the 14th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo, Japan, on Feb. 21, 2017.
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Police on Wednesday took a final testimony from American billionaire Sheldon Adelson as part of a corruption probe surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Kan public broadcaster said Friday.

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According to the report, Adelson's testimony concludes a series of testimonies collected in the three probes involving Netanyahu. It further said that law enforcement pledged to provide the State Prosecutor's Office with all the materials related to the probes that are in its possession next month. 

Adelson's testimony this week involved the so-called Case 2000, the report said.  In this case, Netanyahu has been accused of offering Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes advantageous government media policy in return for favorable news coverage. Police recommended in February that Netanyahu be indicted for corruption over the allegation. 

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Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, spoke to police investigators in July of 2017, denying any knowledge of or connection to contacts between Netanyahu and Mozes.

The Adelsons, who were questioned for five hours, told investigators that they were disappointed and angry when they found out about the alleged negotiations that included a commitment from Netanyahu to take steps to weaken Israel Hayom, a right-wing daily and competitor of Yedioth owned by the Adelson family.

Earlier this month, police questioned Netanyahu in two of his corruption probes– the 12th time he was questioned in relation to the various probes.